Some areas of the United States have a season that allows residents and businesses to use less energy. Residents in the northern states don’t use air conditioning for a long period of time, lowering their seasonal energy costs. However, in Florida, this is not possible. We can’t just turn off the heat or air conditioning and still maintain a comfortable indoor climate. Instead of taking extreme measures, here are some ways to increase energy efficiency and reduce utility expenses from the experts at Ball Building Services.
An easy way to immediately reduce energy expenses is to improve the insulation in your home. Your HVAC system works harder to maintain the right temperature if the hot or cold air leaks outside the system. Proper insulation in your home’s walls and repairing leaks around windows and doors also help reduce energy usage. If you feel a draft around windows and doors, there is a chance caulk has come loose or there is a lack of insulation. This is a quick do-it-yourself project and is worth every penny you save in the long run! The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors offers more insight into energy-saving practices for your home.
Do you heat or cool all areas in your home equally? Many homeowners do, even though they spend more time in only parts of the home. Why heat an extra bedroom reserved for guests? Is everyone gone during the daytime? Then why keep the temperature the same? You can use smart technology to program your thermostat to adjust the temperature of your home before you arrive home from work. This greatly reduces daily energy consumption.
How old is your current HVAC system? If it’s over 15 years old, chances are good it’s costing you more money to maintain it each year. The money you save from dramatically lowered energy consumption with a newer system helps offset the initial cost in a short amount of time. It also provides an HVAC technician the opportunity to assess other aspects of your home and provide further insight into cost-effective energy efficiency measures. GreenHomeGuide.com provides more efficiency ideas and the many ways an older system wastes energy.
Ball Building Services, located in Tampa, FL understand the importance of reducing energy costs. If you are ready learn more about installing smart technology, or a more efficient HVAC system, give us a call to discuss all the ways you can increase your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your utility bills.